The American Football League (NFL) and the players’ union reached an agreement to ban Deshaun Watson (Cleveland Browns) for 11 games for accusations against him of sexual misconduct filed by more than twenty women.
Watson, one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL, will be able to return to the courts on the day of December 4 after missing the entire 2021 season with the Houston Texans as a result of these allegations.
Earlier this month, the head of the NFL’s disciplinary investigation, Sue L. Robinson, concluded that a six-game ban was appropriate for Watson, who was traded from the Texans to the Browns in the offseason.
The NFL, however, appealed this decision and has now reached an agreement with the players union (NFLPA) to sanction Watson for 11 games for “violations of the personal conduct policy” of the league, a measure that ends this disciplinary process, according to a league statement issued Thursday.
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The player will also pay a fine of five million dollars, which, together with another two million contributed by the NFL and the Browns, will “support the work of non-profit organizations around the country” in education and prevention of sexual assault. .
Watson was accused by two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage sessions while in Houston, Texas, although he received no criminal charges for his actions.
The player, who has denied the accusations, reached an agreement with twenty of the masseuses to resolve the complaints and this month he publicly apologized to the accusers.
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NFL agrees to 11-game, $5 million ban for Watson